ART/LIFESTYLE, PEOPLE

TIGHT FIT: FRANK OCEAN

[Frank in Supreme]

The other day I had a scary thought – What if Frank Ocean has completely quit music? His excellent debut album Channel Orange was released in July 2012, nearly 3 years and 4 months ago. In the current musical climate, that’s a long time to wait before releasing a new project. While the media and sources close to Ocean claim that his new album (reportedly called Boys Don’t Cry) is finished and will be out “soon”, November 1st is here and it’s still quiet.

Before completely giving over to this depressing possibility, let’s shift the focus to his incredible style.

While mixing high end fashion with streetwear is certainly nothing new (in fact now days it’s ubiquitous), seeing it executed well is still a rarity. Enter Frank; who in my opinion, wholeheartedly personifies this trend.

As a decidedly enigmatic figure in music and beyond, Ocean hints to aspects of his personality through his style choices. Continue reading

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Melbourne’s Banoffee covers the solemn I Miss You. (Penned by Frank Ocean, then eventually recorded and released by Beyoncé.)

Sonically, this rendition is far more spacey and heavy than the original(s). Pair that with her soulful, syrupy tone and you have a sincerely unique effort which more than stands up to the likes of Mr. Ocean and Yoncé.

Simply lovely.

Banoffee is on SoundCloud & Facebook

MUSIC, PEOPLE

RIP AALIYAH

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Last week the incomparable Aaliyah would have turned 36.

Nearly 14 years after her untimely death, that transcendent beauty and angelic voice are still very much a lasting focal point for fans, music lovers, and pop culture as a whole.

Her legacy is everywhere.

5 ways Aaliyah is still running the game:

  • One of the last singles she released was Rock The Boat, a slow and mesmerising tune which sounds nearly as sweet as it does sexy. In the last few years I’ve heard at least 30 different flips, covers, and remixes of this classic with each artist bringing their own flavour to a song that is undeniably loved the world over. I’ve heard it sped up into a club banger, chopped and screwed down as a nod to the Dirty South, and more recently, given a bouncy soulful sway with hip hop edges.

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NEW CHRISTMAS MUSIC! : JAMES FAUNTLEROY

As someone who unapologetically loves Christmas and the holiday season, from November to February you can bet I’m bumping festive music. My top picks are Mariah, Boyz II Men, and Michael Bublé. (Seriously though, give him a chance.)

Last week – without much warning – James Fauntleroy (aka lead singer of collective Cocaine 80’s and songwriter for the likes of Chris Brown, Justin Timberlake, and Frank Ocean) dropped a sexy Christmas album called The Warmest Winter Ever.

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INTRODUCING: SAGAN LOCKHART

[Photo by Ian Flanigan]

[Photo by Ian Flanigan]

Sagan Lockhart captures the freedom and drama of youth. Humanity in all its beauty and grit. To me the most striking thing about his photography is the way in which he is able to reproduce genuine emotion through a lens. His pictures portray the movement and energy of a moment; a task that isn’t always easy. Nothing in his work seems forced or arranged and that is no accident – A lot of the scenes and people he depicts are straight out of his real life; The subjects are almost always his friends.

In a few short years, Sagan has moved ahead of the pack and proven himself as a photographer with a fresh vision, true work ethic, and lasting potential. His work has been exhibited in London, New York, and his home base – LA. He’s had photos published in books, magazines, across a wide range of online sources, and Complex Magazine recently listed him as a young photographer to keep your eye on.

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